Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tin Lizzie

We're making progress in the tiny house lav now that the kitchen is finished (minus the flooring, scheduled for warmer weather) and Keith's finished mudding, taping, and sanding the sheet rock.

Yesterday we went shopping for supplies at the salvage yard and feed store. The salvage yard was a score - we bought 5 sheets of galvinized corrugated tin (like we've used inside the tiny house) that were technically free and technically bartered for with a 12-pack of Miller High Life. (Love that small town economy.)

At the feed store we went shopping for shower pan/bath tub ideas and found what we think will work really well---a stock tank.

After considering the size of the shower pan we already have (3'x3') and the work that comes with laying tile, etc. we wondered what other kind of set up we could come up with that would require less labor. Because we like to walk that line of minimal effort for maximum utility.

So for less than $75 I will have a small tub that will also be the drain pan for a shower. We picked up a piece of copper tubing at the Moscow salvage place a while ago for a shower curtain rod. And tin on the two walls that will be behind the tub + bamboo flooring, it's all coming together.

But first, we had to paint. We chose the color to tie the different colors of materials together (bamboo, tin, barn wood) and came to an agreement on Tin Lizzie, a VOC-free paint from Pittsburgh Paints.

And here's the first coat! Hoping for a second coat on Monday. Probably will have to wait until next payday to buy the tub, but after that we'll ready to lay the floor and finish the composting toilet cabinet. Looks like I'm getting a bathroom this year!!


knitty_kat said...

Wow! I love the colour but I think I would have been inclined to go for something lighter to help bounce in more light when it's dark out. Ya know?

April said...

Yes and the tin on the shower wall(s) darkens it in there, too. We have mirrors yet to install and probably a solar light, too (not to mention candles in the windowsill by the tub?) so I think it will be okay. If not, we'll figure out something. :) So far we're both really liking the purple.